Mammoth Announces Opening Day of 2017/2018 Winter Season

After being closed for a little over two months, Mammoth looks to keep the summer break short and re-open this November.

Read the full Mammoth Announces Opening Day of 2017/2018 Winter Season article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Whitefish Mountain Resort Opening Day Surpassed Expectations

It’s cold, there’s lots of snow, and Whitefish Mountain Resort is pumping!

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Arapahoe Basin to Open for the Season on Friday, October 21st

Winter is upon us. Arapahoe Basin in Colorado will be the first resort to open for the 2016-2017 winter season.

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Trollhaugen Opening Weekend 2015 – VIDEO

The humans are on board! The tows are churning at Trollhaugen and the winter is underway. Here’s not only what went down during opening weekend at this Wisconsin resort, but also a bit of what to expect from the local Trolls all winter long. Featuring Tanner Seymour, Craig, Sam Schiltgen, Nick Irwin, Sam Stillman, Ryan Paul, Logan Herber, Kyle Kennedy, Tony Wagner, Peter Limberg, Grady Tank, Calvin Green, Jeffy Gabrick, Cody Beiersdorf, Mike Skiba, Matt Krei, Emit Solakar, and Gabe Walstrom.

Filmed by Ben McCabe.

Read the full Trollhaugen Opening Weekend 2015 – VIDEO article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Trollhaugen Opening Weekend 2015

photos: Erik Ralles

Trollhaugen opened last weekend and there were tons of humans lapping the snow-covered trails of this Midwestern resort. Erik Ralles, brother to rail destroyer Krister, was behind the camera taking snaps throughout the weekend of Troll’s locals who were warming up on the early season park. Of course, warming up for riders like Mike Skiba, Kyle Kennedy, Kayli Hendricks and Tony Wagner is relative; these guys rip right off the bat. Stay tuned for plenty more this winter from Troll as a new Human on Board series starts next month.

Read the full Trollhaugen Opening Weekend 2015 article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Sunny skies, park laps, and powder during Mammoth Opening Week 2015

words: Mary Walsh
photos: Mary Walsh, Jeep Eddy, and Peter Morning
captions: Mary Walsh, Dave Steigerwald, and Huggy Hughes

Last year was my first trip to Mammoth for Opening Week. The weather was mixed, some sleet, some snow. The air was cold and the groomers were firm. Riding with SNOWBOARDER’s John Cavan, as East Coasters used to variable starts to the season, we had a blast continuously lapping and warming up in Tusk’s in between runs. It was a wicked week and we left stoked on the Sierra’s winter kick off. Flash forward twelve months and flurries were hitting northern California by the first of November. When an early stormed put a fresh coat of white on the ground, Mammoth bumped up their November 11th opening day to the 5th, almost a full week ahead of schedule, extending the usual four-day celebration to a full week and a half–and with another storm in the works. It was going to be good.

Monday night the 9th, it dumped again and Tuesday was a deep day. Our crew drove up the 395 Tuesday night, hoping there would be a few side stashes still available when we loaded the lifts the next day. As we headed north, the thermometer kept dropping, overt hints at the winter we were about to enter. We were hyped. In Lone Pine, we met up with the DC team at a gas station pit stop where Iikka Backstrom was skating in the parking lot while the rig was refueled. The season opener reunion had begun.

Contrary to the variable weather of the previous year, Mother Nature was showing Mammoth her best side for the opening. Wednesday opened up to bluebird skies (and the rest of the week would follow suit) and the fresh blanket of snow allowed the resort to periodically open new lifts each day. Short hikes and consistent access to new terrain meant we were finding heavy stashes all the way into the weekend. I can not emphasize enough how sick it was to alternate between park laps and powder turns each day this early in the season, especially after the west coast was so snow-starved last season. Suffice to say, stoke level was high.

The crew of folks in town ran deep. Of course, the DC team was in full effect, with DC’s Bobby Meeks and Dave Apell and riders Justin Fronius, Iikka Backstrom, Marc Salas, Anto Chamberlain, Brady Lem and Jordan Morse. Hana Beaman and Bode Merrill were visiting from the north and west, respectively. Jordan Small, Melissa Evans, Mike Gray, Jonathon Mcdonald and Buzz Holbrook were in town from Bear. Danny Kass, Scott Blum, Danika Duffy, Brian Pracht, Mary Rand, Stefi Luxton, Jaeger Bailey, Christian Connors, Possum Torr, Harrison Gordon, Keegan Valaika, Danyale Patterson, and Madison Blackley…the list lapping Main Park offered a banger start to winter.

The feeling after a long day spent making turns, the one where you remove your beanie, scratch your head and sink into a chair is a real welcome one after waiting semi-patiently all summer for the season to ramp up again. Each afternoon during Mammoth’s opening week, as our crew congregated with friends on the main lodge deck or circled up in front of the DC RV, huge grins covered everyone’s mugs. The repetitive motion of wake up, ride, sleep, repeat had resumed and winter was back. By Saturday, we had tapped the hidden snow stashes just in time for another front to emerge on the horizon for early the following week and the SNOWBOARDER crew headed into Mammoth Village to meet the DC guys for a double header premiere of Shredtopia and The SNOWBOARDER Movie: SFD. The rest of that evening is a tequila-fueled blur, a spiral that can be seen in this gallery of photos taken by Justin Fronius, who we learned is real good behind the lens. Regardless of the Sunday morning hangover cloud that hung over the entirety of Mammoth Lakes the next day, Saturday night’s celebration was the perfect way to follow up the week’s sunny laps, ringing in the 2016 season with a heck of a bang. Thanks for a great, opening week, Mammoth.

A huge thank you to everyone at Mammoth, Peter, Lauren, Molly, Weaver, Kevin, TJ, Tyson and the whole Unbound crew. Dana and the crew at 53, Bobby, Dave and the DC team, and everyone who came out to the premiere on Saturday.

Read the full Sunny skies, park laps, and powder during Mammoth Opening Week 2015 article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Mammoth Mountain – Early Season Fun Run with Jimmy Goodman and Frank Knab

Mammoth opened almost a week earlier than expected for the 2015-16 season when the lifts roared to life on Thursday, November 5th. An early storm and cold temps for snowmaking made for plenty of base to set eager boarders loose on the wide open trails of this California resort. Opening Day attendees were met with the best gift Mother Nature could provide: deep turns and face shots. And lucky for everyone, the thermometer and storm systems are looking good for next week, too! Get a glimpse of the solid early season snow at Mammoth as Jimmy Goodman and Frank Knab score some El Nino powder on day two of the season at Mammoth Mountain. Follow @mammothmountain and #MammothsOpen on Instagram for more and stay tuned for SNOWBOARDER’s exclusive coverage of the opening week festivities!

First chair of the season with buds. (l to r) Possum Torr, Billy Anderson, Scott Blum, and Stefi Luxton. photo: Kevin Westenbarger

First chair of the season with buds. (l to r) Possum Torr, Billy Anderson, Scott Blum, and Stefi Luxton. photo: Kevin Westenbarger

Read the full Mammoth Mountain – Early Season Fun Run with Jimmy Goodman and Frank Knab article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Mammoth received 30″ of snow and bumps opening day to November 5, 2015

Mammoth received their first storm of the season, with a blanket of fluffy white stuff totally up to 30″ in spots! The meteorological commotion bumped the resort’s infamous opening day to Thursday, November 5. Enjoy a peek at the white peaks and stay tuned because the SNOWBOARDER crew will be heading to the Eastern Sierras for full coverage of what goes down at Mammoth next week. Keep up to date on Mammoth’s conditions on Mammothmountain.com and by following @mammothmountain on Instagram.

Read the full Mammoth received 30″ of snow and bumps opening day to November 5, 2015 article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Mammoth to Open Early : Two Feet of Snow Blankets the Mountain

It’s game on at Mammoth. The resort will open earlier than expected on Thursday, 11/5/15.

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Sunday River plans to open Monday, October 19, 2015

Sunday River just dropped a winter bomb on their Facebook page, announcing that their planned opening day is Monday, October 19, 2015, less than a week away. While the trails are a motley greenish-brown currently, forecasted temps over the next few days look prime for Sunday River’s snowmaking team to blanket the ground with fresh white stuff. We’re excited for the River to look like the below photo:

Near Canada Open 2013. photo: Mike Azevedo

Near Canada Open 2013. photo: Mike Azevedo

Here’s the official word from Sunday River:

Huzzah!

The day you’ve been waiting for since May 2 is finally here: Opening Day of the 2015-16 winter season is planned for Monday, October 19.

Nobody makes snow like Sunday River, and every year we open as early as we can.  With a few days of cold weather on the horizon our snowmaking team thinks they can pull it off by Monday.  All plans will depend on weather and snow conditions so make sure to check in right here for updates over the next few days, but our planned schedule will be to open for the day on Monday then move to our regular early-season lift operations of weekends-only until mid-November.

Expected terrain for Monday will be the T2 trail on upper Locke Mountain, serviced by the Locke Mountain Triple with mid-station loading.  The lift will spin from 9am to 4pm, with the last upload from the base at 3pm.  Lift tickets will be $29 and available at Barker Lodge along with other skier services.

If you don’t have your New England Pass yet, buy it online now and swing by South Ridge Lodge to pick it up.  And if you can’t make it to opening day, make yourself feel better by booking your winter trip today or tomorrow and take advantage of our Lowest Price Guarantee that expires after October 15.

Read the full Sunday River plans to open Monday, October 19, 2015 article on Snowboarder Magazine.